Offering Info

Certificate II in Horticulture

  • National Course Code: AHC20416
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC20416-01V02-20LET-018

Location – Leeton

Study Type


Course Start Date


Study Commitment

11 Hours per week


18 Months

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate II in Horticulture is the place to start your career as a horticulture assistant in a skills shortage industry. Get your hands dirty as you learn how to create and maintain beautiful gardens, assist in soil sampling and nurture plants back to health.


Through your course work, you will learn the fundamentals in horticulture:

  • Plant recognition
  • Pest and disease control
  • Propagation techniques
  • Understanding soil characteristics
  • Pruning techniques


Develop the attributes to get ahead in this field:

  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Develop your communications skills
  • Manage competing priorities


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • Nationally recognised Certificate II qualification
  • A strong foundation to go further with a Certificate III Apprenticeship

Our graduates go on to roles such as:

  • Garden labourer
  • Landscape and garden labourer
  • Horticulture assistant


To fast track becoming a fully qualified horticulturist, you can go on to higher level study:

  • Certificate III in Horticulture (Apprentice options available)
  • Certificate IV in Horticulture
  • Diploma of Horticulture


The NSW Skills List identifies a skills shortage in horticulture workers across NSW. As our population grows so too does the demand for food, fibre and green living spaces.

Horticulture specialists work to ease urban heat and its impacts on health, as well as supporting the increasing demands in revegetation.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


TAFE NSW offers the Certificate II in Horticulture as either a traineeship or non-traineeship, so you can cultivate the career you want.


There are no entry requirements for non-trainees. You can enrol in this course now.


To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Be employed in the horticulture industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

  • Comfortable using a computer
  • Able to research a range of topics and navigate public digital databases
  • Already working in the industry as a trainee or looking forward to employment after the course
  • Basic numeracy and literacy skills

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • Students must have access to a horticultural area to complete practical components of this course.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a Flexible Part time course. You will need to attend approximately 1 day per term, face to face workshop for 18 months. As well as the workshop component, you will need to complete approximately 11 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours and including research, practicing assessment skills in a horticultural area.
Students must have access to a horticultural area to complete practical components of this course.


This course offering is designed for people who:
Have a love for horticulture and want to gain skills in that area to be able complete further study or gain employment in the Horticulture industry.

Central to learner progress is a one day workshop at the TAFE campus each term (a total of six days during the course) most likely a Saturday, where students have the opportunity to review challenging topics with their teacher, as well as complete various assessment tasks. The campus location for the workshop may change depending on what suits the majority of students, or it may be rotated each term. The first workshop will be held at TAFE NSW Leeton. If there are sufficient enrolments, more than one location for each workshop may be considered.


TAFE NSW provides the following services to ensure a supported and successful learning environment for all students:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support
    Detailed current information on these Support Services are made available to staff and students at TAFE NSW Student Services. Additionally, every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each campus location.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments. This course is distance delivery with workshop attendance at TAFE NSW


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details.

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Core Units
Number Title
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds
AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes
Elective Units
Number Title
AHCWRK209 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors
AHCNSY201 Pot up plants
AHCNSY203 Undertake propagation activities
AHCPCM202 Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens
AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs
AHCPGD202 Prepare and maintain plant displays
AHCPGD203 Prune shrubs and small trees
AHCTRF204 Support turf establishment
AHCIRG217 Assist with pressurised irrigation operations
TLID1001 Shift materials safely using manual handling methods
AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry
AHCWRK205 Participate in workplace communications
AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

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Course Location

Palm Avenue , Leeton
Phone 131 601

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